workshops

wr jambo forest

sewing circle at Wild Rumpus Jamboree, 2017

image: Kelly Ryan Photography ©

 

     women stitched into

     forest like stars into night

     she makes pinholes in cloth

     they follow light

     sewn sturdy

 

     - Lizz Murphy, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

workshops for 2021

 

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September: a week of Soft Drawing at Fibre Arts Australia, Ballarat, Victoria

'Fibre Arts Australia has hosted workshops and Fibre Arts events across Australia and New Zealand for over 25 years. A Fibre Arts event is the perfect place for you to indulge your creative passions, work intensely and revel among the tribe of like-minded people.'

 

I've been invited to teach a week long intensive at Fibre Arts Australia's Spring event in Victoria, and will be focusing on one of my favourites ... Soft Drawing: Cloth and Thread. A whole week to draw, experiment, think and make. You can give your work undivided attention and allow creative ideas to unfold.

 

For more information and bookings, please visit Fibre Arts Australia's September event on the link here.

Fibre Arts workshop week : 19 - 25 September 2021

 

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Change of dates:

A Weekend of Natural Dyeing and Kantha Quilting/Hand Stitching in Canberra

Join natural dyeing teacher, passionate gardener and sustainable textiles advocate, Samorn Sanixay and myself for an immersive weekend of textiles.

Samorn has extensive knowledge and expertise on working with local botanical materials and kitchen scraps. Her workshops are a lot of fun and very hands on. We will also use the dyed pieces to make into a hand-stitched quilt.

 

this work we do

 

Dates: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th August at Strathnairn Art Centre

You can register for the weekend or for one day.

Visit Samorn's website for more information and bookings.

 

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Sat 24 April:  Shroud Making Day at Port Kembla Community Centre

 

Join me for a day of sewing, planning and discussion about shroud-making.

We’ll work through making a simple shroud, and plan ways to tailor it to your own design, incorporate particular fabric and add embellishments and embroidery. Whether you wish to make one for yourself or for someone you care about, the workshop will give you the basics to get started.

 

shroud pic

Bookings and details here

 

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A Month of Wednesdays in May: Embroidery classes with Makeshift's Press Play

Join me for an online zoom course that is part of Makeshift's creativity and well-being program. Switch off and sit down with me to learn some simple embroidery stitches, a little bit of design and some help with planning your own stitching project.

Even though its online, we are keeping this cosy and small.

 

babri

 

Wednesday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th May 6.30 - 8.30pm

Bookings and details here at Makeshift

 

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Kiama Art Workshops : Stitched Shibori

Come along and try out some stitched shibori techniques and indigo dyeing. You can then make your own silk scarf using the methods learned.

 

shibori stitched

 

Saturday 22nd May - bookings at Kiama Art Workshops.

All materials will be provided for this workshop.

 

Kiama Art Workshops:  shibori fold pleat, wrap, bind

Sat 21 November 2020

fragments and thread weekend workshop

The Embroiderers Guild of NSW, Sat 16th Sun 17th January, 2020

fragments and thread, Kiama NSW, July 2020

At last! Join me for a weekend workshop of experimentation and hand stitching in conjunction with Kiama Art Workshops

  Michele Elliot, the lovers (protector), detail, 2018

 

fragments and thread is a two-day workshop in experimental textiles and ‘slow stitching’. Using simple hand-stitch and recycled fabrics, I will guide you through a series of exercises incorporating basic drawing, collage and composition. From here we will produce a series of small fabric works and samples using some simple hand sewing techniques, including kantha stitch. This is a straight running stitch and very easy to learn. It originates in Bengal, India and is traditionally used for embroidery and quilting. Kantha is similar to sashiko (Japan) and has become part of the language of contemporary textiles and 'slow' stitching.

Take some time out to learn a new skill, reconnect with your practice through experimentation or begin a new project. Numbers are limited to allow plenty of opportunity for individual attention and needs, as well as ongoing conversations over the two days. 

Please note that this workshop is suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced alike. The workshop processes are open and experimental.

 

Date:        Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July

Location:  Kiama, NSW

Cost:          $280.00

 

For all enquiries, registration and further details, please contact Rhonda Murray at Kiama Art Workshops ...

t: 0438 359 595

e: info@kiamaworkshops.com.au

register:    fragments and thread : Kiama Art Workshops

Shibori and Indigo Dyeing Workshops, Nov 2019

    

I'll be heading over to WA in November to run a Shibori and Indigo dyeing workshop. Its an practical  hands-on one-day session. You will be introduced to Shibori, the Japanese art of resist-dyeing. It is a magical process and produces exquisite soft edged patterns. You will learn a range of simple techniques that include folding, pleating, binding and stitching. I will guide you through using these methods to make sample squares and a tea-towel in the morning session. After lunch we will work on with stitched patterning to create a beautiful blue Shibori scarf.

All materials and an indigo vat will be provided for this workshop, including a silk scarf.

DATE:               SATURDAY 2nd November  9.30 – 5.00pm

COST:               $150     (including lunch, tea and coffee)

VENUE:            Leederville

 

Please contact Michele for any queries, or for registration and payment details - info@micheleelliot.com

Soft Drawing and Shibori workshops, Nov 2018

Clifton School of Arts, Scarborough : 2nd - 4th November

Two workshops over three days

 

Fri 2nd:                   Shibori and bundle dyeing

 

Begin the day with bundle dyeing using natural materials. It is a simple and rewarding technique, and incorporates organic materials, flowers, fruit, leaves and more.

The remainder will be spent on Shibori, the Japanese art of resist-dyeing. It is a magical process and produces exquisite soft edged patterns. Learn a range of techniques that include folding, pleating, knotting, binding and stitching.

 

shibori samples                 spring flats

 

 Sat 3rd & Sun 4th:  Soft Drawing - cloth and thread

 

Working with thread, stitch and upcycled materials to approach ‘soft’ drawing, this two-day workshop will focus on basic hand stitching and assemblage techniques.

Beginning with simple design and drawing exercises, we will plot out ideas and beginnings for your project. Then we will shift away from traditional drawing to explore experimental ways to make marks and construct shapes with cloth and thread.

Take some time out to learn a new skill, reconnect with your practice through experimentation or begin a new project. These workshops have limited numbers that allow plenty of opportunity for individual attention and ongoing conversations over the two days.

The beautiful Clifton School of Arts provides a perfect space for making work, exchanging ideas and relaxed conversation.

Please note that this workshop is suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced alike. The workshop processes are open and experimental, with a focus on looseness and imperfections through the hand-made, rather than precision and refinement. It is also a two day course.

 

Venue:             Clifton School of Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton 2515

 

The workshops are planned so that you might just attend one day for the Shibori and dyeing on Fri 2nd), or for the weekend of Soft Drawing (Sat 3rd Sun 4th) or take all three days for your creative practice.

 

For cost, registration and enquiries, please contact Michele on 0414 494 559 or info@micheleelliot.com

A materials list will be sent once your place is confirmed.

You can also download the flyer here Soft Drawing and Shibori

 

image: artist's shibori samples; spring collection, 2017-18 (detail), gifted clothing, cotton thread, mapping pins

Creative Mending with Wild Rumpus, April 2018

   

 

Some of my favourite classes are right here in our community with the fabulous Wild Rumpus folk.

I'm teaching a Saturday morning session on visible mending, so come along with your loved and holey clothes. We will embellish them with stitches and patches and care. Its easy and fun.

Here's the link for more info, and while you're there take a look at what else is happening at Wild Rumpus!

 

Creative Mending class

 

Sat 7th April

10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Austinmer Scout Hall

Soft Drawing : Cloth and Thread, March 2018

soft drawing crumblin

Clifton School of Arts, Scarborough : Sat 24th and Sun 25th March


Working with thread and stitch to create a ‘soft’ drawing, this two-day workshop will focus on basic hand stitching and experimental embroidery techniques combined with simple design and compositional exercises. Using cloth instead of paper, we will test out patterns and shapes, textures and layers with different hand-stitch applications. We will experiment and combine these techniques and discover ways to use thread for mark making.

Take some time out to learn a new skill, reconnect with your practice through experimentation or begin a new project. Michele’s workshops have limited numbers, as she allows plenty of opportunity for individual attention and ongoing conversations over the two days. The beautiful Clifton School of Arts provides a perfect space for making work, exchanging ideas and relaxed conversation.

It is a little more experimental than Fragments, and brings in some fun drawing. Beginners ... don't worry when I say 'drawing' ... its just a way to get some basic shapes going. For those who have an art or textile practice, this can open up ways to work through that dreaded mental block or give you some playful time without any pressure on outcomes.


Please note that this workshop is suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced alike. The workshop processes are open and experimental, with a focus on looseness and imperfections through the hand-made, rather than precision and refinement.

 

Dates:             Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March  (10.00 am - 4.30 pm)                                                       

Venue:             Clifton School of Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton 2515

 

For registration and enquiries, please contact Michele on 0414 494 559 or info@micheleelliot.com

 

You can download the flyer here:

Soft Drawing March 2018


A materials list will be sent out once your place is confirmed.

image: Sharon Crumblin, artwork details, 2017 at NAS Winter School

 

Stitching workshops for Wild Rumpus, Sept 2017

 

Saturday 2nd Sept : Embroidery basics

Saturday 16th Sept : Kantha slow stitch

Wild Rumpus, based in the Illawarra, have a fantastic range of skill sharing classes. I really enjoy being part of their program to bring new experiences to the community and sharing my love of slow stitch, embroidery and textiles. It is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I also recommend browsing through their classes on offer. There's a lot to learn and a lot of fun to be had.

 

Click here for details and bookings:

Saturday 2nd September   Embroidery basics

Saturday 16th September  Kantha slow stitch

 

 Workshops in Western Australia, June 2017

fragments and thread

velvet
 

Leederville: Sat 10th and Sun 11th June 

Fremantle: Sat 17th and Sun 18th June

 

Fragments and Thread is a two-day workshop in experimental textiles and ‘slow stitching’. Using simple hand-stitch and recycled fabrics, I will guide you through a series of exercises incorporating basic drawing and composition along with the Bengali technique of kantha to produce a series of small fabric works and samples (kantha – a straight running stitch - is a traditional technique used for embroidery and quilting).

 

Take some time out to learn a new skill, reconnect with your practice through experimentation or begin a new project. Numbers are limited to allow plenty of time for individual needs and personalised attention, as well as ongoing conversations over the two days.

 

These workshops provides a quiet space for making work and exchanging ideas.

 


My own artworks often take the form of large-scale drawings and installations. Comprised of individual components, threads, stitches, pins etc, they can take many hours or sometimes weeks and months to complete. However, the ideas for projects emerge from an engagement with material research on a small scale in her studio, with fragments and samples. This is integral to my practice and informs my approach to the workshops.



Please note that this workshop is suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced alike.

 

You can download the flyers here:

 

Leederville workshop flyer : June 2017

 

Fremantle workshop flyer : June 2017

 


For any enquiries and registration, please contact me: 

info@micheleelliot.com

 

 

Kantha stitch workshop, Austinmer, May 17

I'm really pleased to be running this lovely afternoon slow stitch sampler so close to home. It is part of Wild Rumpus' fantastic Skill Sharing program. A great way to get a feel for this simple stitch technique.

 

 

 

Saturday 13th May : Austinmer Scout Hall  12-3pm

Here's the link and all the information for you.

Wild Rumpus Kantha Stitch workshop

 

Bowral workshop: fragments and thread, May

kantha sample 1

 

Bowral and Districts Art Society, 1 Short Street, Bowral

Sat 6th and Sun 7th May     9.00 am - 4.00 pm

 

Fragments and Thread is a two-day workshop in experimental textiles and ‘slow stitching’. Using simple hand-stitch and recycled fabrics, artist Michele Elliot will guide you through a series of exercises incorporating basic drawing and composition along with the Bengali technique of kantha to produce a series of small fabric works and samples (kantha – a straight running stitch - is a traditional technique used for embroidery and quilting).

Take some time out to learn a new skill, reconnect with your practice through experimentation or begin a new project. Numbers are limited to allow plenty of time for individual needs and personalised attention, as well as ongoing conversations over the two days.

The BDAS workshop provides a quiet space for making work and exchanging ideas.


Michele’s own artworks often take the form of large-scale drawings and installations. Comprised of individual components, threads, stitches, pins etc, they can take many hours or sometimes weeks and months to complete. However, the ideas for her projects emerge from her engagement with material research on a small scale in her studio, with fragments and samples. This is integral to her practice and informs her approach to these workshops.



Please note that this workshop is suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced alike.

 


For enquiries and registration:

 

Fragments and thread : a textile workshop, May

'lumen' 2011

 

Clifton School of Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton NSW 2515

Sat 19 and Sun 20 November      10.00 am - 4.30 pm